Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

September 1, 2003

Spent a lot of time researching the the Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint. Trying to come up with a fix for this router has been unfruitful. Researched this problem and solutions for approximately two hours on the net and found that the most economical and responsible way would be to purchase a new router. I have come up with two routers that could possible take its place. The DI-804HV from D-link $75.00 The SMC7004FW for $79.99. I ran around to a lot of the stores in the Atlanta area trying to find a store that was open and sells either one of these routers this was not to easy of a task because it was labor day. I finally found a COMP USA. The store had the SMC7004FW for sale. At a fair price of $79.99. • The router allows you to configure up to 20 different PPTP VPN accounts and supports a maximum of 3 IPSec tunnels. • Internet connection to xDSL or cable modem via a 10/100 Mbps WAN port • Local network connection via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports • DHCP for dynamic IP configuration, and DNS for domain name mapping • Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, client privileges, intrusion detection, VPN, and NAT • NAT also enables multi-user access with a single-user account, and virtual server functionality (providing protected access to Internet services such as Web, FTP, mail and Telnet) • Supports VPN (Virtual Private Network) tunneling with IPSec and PPTP • User-definable application sensing tunnel supports applications requiring multiple connections • Easy setup through a Web browser on any operating system that supports TCP/IP • Compatible with all popular Internet applications LAN Access The Barricade Plus provides connectivity to 10/100 Mbps devices, making it easy to create a network in small offices or homes. • Internet Access This device supports Internet access through an xDSL, or Cable connection. Since many DSL providers use PPPoE to establish communications with end users, the Barricade Plus includes a built-in client for this protocol, eliminating the need to install this service on your computer. • Shared IP Address The Barricade Plus provides Internet access for up to 253 users with a shared IP address. Using only one ISP account, multiple users on your network can browse the Web at the same time. •Virtual S erver If you have a fixed IP address, you can set up the Barricade Plus to act as a virtual host for network address translation. Remote users access various services at your site using a constant IP address. Then, depending on the requested service (or port number), the Barricade Plus can route the request to the appropriate server (at another internal IP address). This secures your network from direct attack by hackers, and provides more flexible management by allowing you to change internal IP addresses without affecting outside access to your network. DMZ Host Support Allows a networked computer to be fully exposed to the Internet. This function is used when the special application sensing tunnel feature is insufficient to allow an application to function correctly. • Security The Barricade Plus supports security features that can deny Internet access to specified users, or filter all requests for specific services the administrator does not

Thomas Watkins Harry Harshaw

September 1, 2003

want to serve. The Barricade Plus’ firewall can also block common hacker attacks, including IP Spoofing, Land Attack, Ping of Death, IP with zero length, Smurf Attack, UDP port loopback, Snork Attack, TCP null scan, and TCP SYN flooding. • Stateful Packet Inspection Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) is one of the firewall features provided by the Barricade Plus. The SPI ensures that the data coming into your network was requested by an end node computer on your network. The Barricade Plus examines the incoming data and compares it to a database of trusted information. As traffic leaves the network it is defined by certain characteristics. Incoming information is then compared to these sets of characteristics. If the incoming data matches the predefined set of characteristics the incoming traffic is allowed. If no match is found the incoming traffic is discarded. • Virtual Private Network (VPN) The Barricade Plus supports two of the most commonly used VPN protocols – PPTP and IPSec. These protocols allow remote users to establish a secure connection to their corporate network. If your service provider supports VPNs, then any of these protocols can be used to create an authenticated and encrypted tunnel for passing secure data over the Internet (i.e., atraditionally shared data network). The VPN protocols supported by the Barricade Plus are briefly described below. • Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol – Provides a secure tunnel for remote client access to a PPTP security gateway. PPTP includes provisions for call origination and flow control required by ISPs. • IP Security – Provides IP network-layer encryption. IPSec can support large encryption networks (such as the Internet) by using digital certificates for device authentication.

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